Loan Bike Scheme


If you’ve not cycled for a while and would like to get back on a bike for fitness, leisure, or an easy and stress-free way to get to work, then why not give our Loan Bike scheme a try.

The Loan Bikes scheme is different from a daily Bike Hire as our quality bikes can be borrowed for up to a month, absolutely FREE of charge, and are a great way to boost your confidence and discover if cycling is for you before investing in a new bike! Since 2012, over 2,000 people have taken up our offer and gone on to cycle more frequently.

About the scheme

The loan bike scheme is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

All bikes are regularly serviced and come with all the accessories you’ll need – such as; a D-lock, cable lock, lights and pannier. If you require a helmet, you’ll need to supply your own.

Our friendly team can assist in helping you choose the right bike to loan, setting the bike up, advise on the best routes to use and if needed, book cycle training.


Unfortunately, due to staffing issues, we are postponing all loan bike appointments until after the 1st April

If you would like to book an appointment after this date, that would be great.  Otherwise please just get in contact with us closer to this time to book an appointment.

Thank you for understanding.  We will be in contact if there is any other news regarding the scheme.

If the situation changes and we are unable to loan out bikes then we will be back in touch with you once we are back up and running again.

Types of bikes (Subject to Availability)

  • Hybrid bikes – for city commuting and leisure cycling
  • Folding bikes – lightweight and easy to store
  • Electric bikes – great for helping you get up those steep hills!


To find out more about the Loan Bike Scheme call us on 0117 352 1105 or clicks the link below.

If you live or work in Bristol, North Somerset or South Glos


If you live or work in Bath & NE Somerset

We are sorry.  The B&NES public loan bike scheme is temporarily suspended for new bookings during the pandemic.  Instead, our fleet of bikes is being made available via employers to key-workers in the NHS and elsewhere to help them access their workplace.

 If you are a key worker whose travel has become difficult and would like to use one of our bikes, please contact your employer and ask them to email

For all other users, please check back from time to time to see if the public loan bike scheme has reopened.

Areas and conditions to borrowing a bike

AreaAgeLoan CostLengthDeposit*
Bath & North East Somerset16 yrsFREE1 month hybrid / folding
2 weeks electric
£50 deposit payable in Cash or Card
(£100 for electric bikes)
Bristol18 yrsFREE1 month hybrid
2 weeks electric
£100 deposit payable in Cash or Cheque
(£250 for electric bikes)
South Glos18 yrsFREE1 month hybrid
2 weeks electric
£100 deposit payable in Cash or Cheque
(£250 for electric bikes)
North Som18 yrsFREE2 weeks£50 deposit payable in Cash or Swipe Card

Terms and conditions

  • Available to anyone living, working or studying in the Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Council local authority areas only.
  • Terms and conditions vary slightly by local authority area.
  • A deposit is required and repayment on the return of bike and accessories.
  • Due to high demand, the correct sized bike may not always be available at the time when you want it. If so, we will contact you as soon as a suitable bike is available.
  • More info will be provided on receipt of your application.
  • For more info, read our Loan Bike – privacy policy


Case Studies

Last year,we loaned over 180 bikes to people like you and many have since gone on to buy their own bikes and use a bike more regularly.

Here are some of their experiences:

Watch our video